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Amazed by how many folks do not know the art of hand washing garments, I decided to photograph the process this morning and share with my followers. This home-keeping is really simple, good for you, and the environment. Dry cleaning, in most cases, leaves residual odors and chemicals, as the process is petroleum-based and utilizes toxic gas.

What you will need to wash garments at home:
A washing pan that is at least 8DX12WX15L (I found mine at Big Lots)
A quality washing liquid designed for hand washing (I use Woolite)
A deep sink
A plush terry towel
A drying rack (I bought mine years ago at Bed, Bath, & Beyond)
Cold water
Guidelines:
Begin by filling your washing pan with cold water while adding 1T of washing liquid (using a washing pan instead of the sink saves water)
Add your garment and completely submerse
Soak for at least ten minutes, then return and slosh, massage your garment while still in water
Pour off soaking water and squeeze the water out of the garment
Fill washing pan again to cover garment with clean, cold water, slosh, squeeze
Repeat this process until water runs clear
Squeeze out most of the water in your garment then place on terry towel which is spread on a water safe table top
Roll the garment up in the towel and then press (kindly do not twist) the rolled towel to remove most the water
Unroll and shape garment on the drying rack and leave to rest until completely dry
Touch up with a low steam iron if necessary

Since a teen, I wash all my sweaters this way and any other delicate natural fiber article that needs cleaning—silk, leather and wool gloves, hats, unlined dresses, blouses, and scarves. Many clothes labeled ‘Dry Clean Only’ can be hand washed at home. Wool jackets and pants should be dry-cleaned, yet any unstructured garment of cotton, silk, linen, or wool can be cared for at home.
Even those handy lens wipes given to us by our opticians benefit from a slosh in cool, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and hang to dry.

Garment soaking in water bath

Garment soaking in cold water bath

Place wet garment on terry towel on water proof surface

Place wet garment on terry towel on water proof surface

Roll garment in towel

Roll garment in towel

Garment rolled and pressed in terry towel

Garment rolled and pressed in terry towel

Clean sweater shaped and drying naturally on drying frame

Clean sweater shaped and drying naturally on frame

THOUGHTS ON MOTHBALLS AND MOTH CRYSTALS

  • These items are pesticides and can be harmful to humans, unborn children, and pets. I have never used these products and do not have a moth problem. However, I do use dried lavender or southernwood in my blanket box and bureau.

When your garment is dry, I promise you will love the sweet, fresh scent of this naturally cleaned garment. This is also a good time to check for any loose buttons or seams that need mending. Enjoy and let me know if you have questions.

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